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Experience Perth and surrounds

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Experience Perth & some of its hidden gems

Experience Perth & Surrounds during your trip in Western Australia. Perth is the major gateway for exploring the South West region or before heading up North or in the Goldfields region. The city is alive and vibrant and offers activities for everyone.

Perth CBD and surrounds

Perth CBD is a vibrant city with a lot of activities on offer. The most popular attraction close to the CBD is Kings Park, one of the largest city park in the world! Perth also offers great views over the Swan River with its new and trendy Elizabeth Quay, where you can book a gondola tour or simply take the ferry to cross the river and arrive in South Perth, where Perth Zoo is located. If you are keen to experience Perth’s amazing beaches, simply head to Cottesloe, the most popular beach in Perth with its beautiful postcard landscapes. Do you have a spare day? Then take the train or drive to Fremantle, a city well known for its maritime history. It is a great place to visit for the day and it is so easy to relax there. Fremantle is also one of the three main ports where you can also take the ferry for a trip to Rottnest Island. Other ferry start points are Elizabeth quay and Hillarys Boat Harbour (a great place for the kids if you would like to go swimming!). Rottnest Island is the ultimate place to visit when staying in Perth. It boasts picturesque seascapes and beautiful beaches, accessible by walking or cycling. Let’s not forgot the amazing quokkas! It is hard not to fall in love with those little creatures!

Perth Hills

The Perth Hills are located just half an hour from Perth CBD. It offers a wide array of activities and beautiful landscapes. Kalamunda is one of the most popular town in the Perth Hills. The town is located in the Darling Scarp, east of Perth. It is a great place to visit if you love nature, food and history. Don’t forget to visit the Kalamunda History Village, which is the largest folk museum in Western Australia, depicting the early years of life in the Perth Hills and the industries that developed in the area. If you would like to experience something out of the ordinary, book a camel ride at the Calamunda Camel Farm! You will discover the local bush and might even spot local wildlife. You can find out more on their website. If you continue driving further East, you will find the town of Mundaring Weir. There, you will discover how water was transported in the early 1900s all the way from Mundaring Weir to the booming Gold Rush town of Kalgoorlie. The Precinct tells the history of the weir and the pipeline through a series of story-telling signs and sculptures by renowned artists. Don’t forget to get lunch or a coffee at the Mundaring Weir Hotel with its beautiful beer garden. If you are a wine and food lover, then, south of Mundaring Weir, you can explore wineries and cideries along the Bickley Valley Wine and Cider Trails. You can download the trail brochure here.

Perth Hills Wildlife and Conservation

If you are looking for a unique experience with native Australian wildlife, then contact Kaarakin, which is a fantastic not-for-profit organisation in the Perth Hills. The organisation aims to rescue, rehabilitate and release black cockatoos which are threatened with extinction. The sanctuary also takes care of pure bred dingoes, emus and kangaroos. Although it is not open to the public, private tour or black cockatoo/ dingo encounters can be organised by contacting the friendly volunteers at Kaarakin.

Swan Valley

The Swan Valley is located North of Perth and boasts a wide array of activities. There, you can visit chocolate factories, visit wineries, discover a wildlife park and much more. The Swan Valley has two popular trails, from the groundbreaking Cider and Ale Trail to the Sweet Temptation Trails. Both trails encompasses the best places of the Swan Valley. Both maps can be found on the Swan Valley website. If you have children or desire to see koalas and kangaroos up close, then head to Caversham Wildlife. Caversham Widlife Park is also located in a beautiful park called Whiteman Park, where you can also visit a train museum and take a ride aboard a vintage train.

Whether you have a day or several to spend in Perth, the city will keep you occupied until the start or the end of your trip self-drive trip in Western Australia!

 

 

 

Tanami Track Itinerary

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Tanami Track Itinerary: What you need to know about the Tanami Track

The Tanami Road (aka Tanami Track) is an old stock route running over 1,000 kms through the Tanami Desert between Halls Creek in WA and Alice Springs in the NT.

Tanami Track Map

Travelers will need to be completely self sufficient during the drive as water, fuel and food stops along the route are scarce and supply can be unreliable.
It is strongly recommended that additional fuel containers are filled and taken when traveling this route.
It is vital enough drinking water is taken to last the full distance, plus an additional 20% in case of emergency. There are bore water tanks along the route, however the may be dry or likely to contain unpotable water (unsafe for drinking).

There are no designated campsites along the Tanami Track, it is simply a matter of finding a suitable place to set up camp.
The scrub consists of salt bushes and spinifex, so it can be difficult to find a clear area. Often bore tanks or roadhouse locations provide the best places to spend the night.

The road condition along the Tanami is unpredicatble and changes with every wet season. The roads are graded and there may be areas of heavy corrugations.
Road trains and large trucks travel along the Tanami Road when transporting goods to remote communities and operational mines. As on all dirt roads, it is good practice to move to the far left side of the road and slow your speed right down – even coming to a complete stop if the oncoming traffic is a road train or truck carrying an oversized / wide load. This prevents kicking up dust which impares visibility for the oncoming traffic, and minimises the chance of stones breaking windows.

Tanami Track Map

Tanami Track Itinerary: FUEL STOPS
Billiluna
168km from Halls Creek – 885km from Alice Springs
7am-12noon & 2pm-4pm Mon to Fri
9am – 11am Sat

Balgo
246 km from Halls Creek – 807km from Alice Springs
Note:      Balgo is approximately 35km off Tanami Rd
Must call (08) 9168 8900 prior to entry
9am – 12noon & 2pm-4pm Mon to Fri
9am – 12noon Sat

Yuendumu
754km from Halls Creek – 299km from Alice Springs
Note: Unreliable – be prepared for no fuel available.
8.30am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm Mon to Fri
9.30am – 12noon Sat & Sun

Tilmouth Roadhouse
854km from Halls Creek – 199km from Alice Springs
7am – 9pm 7 days per week

NO FUEL:
Rabbit Flat Roadhouse – PERMANENTLY CLOSED from December 31st 2010.
Only souvenir sales and weather reporting still in operation.

Halls Creek Visitors Information Centre
71 Thomas St
Halls Creek
Ph (08) 9168 6007

Halls Creek Police Station
Lot 68 Great Northern Highway
Halls Creek WA 6770
Ph (08) 9168 9777

Alice Springs Visitors Information Centre
60 Gregory Terrace
Alice Springs
Ph: (08) 8952 5800

Alice Springs Police Station
17 Bath St
Alice Springs NT 0870
Ph (08) 8951 8822

Useful Links
https://www.hallscreektourism.com.au/see-do/tanami-road
http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/tanami-desert.html
http://warlu.com/

This information was correct at the time of writing – March 2017.
This Tanami Track Itinerary is to be used as a guide only and we strongly recommend you independently verify all the information relating to fuel, water, trading hours and road conditions to obtain accurate information for your dates of travel.

Katherine Gorge

Darwin in 7 Days

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Darwin Itinerary in 7 Days

With a week to spend in Darwin & Surrounds, our Darwin in 7 Days itinerary will make you discover the culture, the natural attractions and the wildlife of the Top End. The city of Darwin offers many activities such as

Day 1 Darwin to Litchfield (115 kms/ 1.5 hrs)

Before arriving in Litchfield National Park, you will pass through the town of Batchelor. There, you will find a butterfly farm, museum and plenty of places to grab lunch. Camping is available year-round at Wangi and Florence Falls. Four-wheel drive camping areas are available at Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Surprise Creek Falls and Florence Falls.

Day 2 Litchfield National Park

Keep enjoying the national park for another day.

A summary of activities you could do during your time at Litchfield:

  • swimming
  • camping
  • bushwalking
  • wildlife spotting
  • visit scenic lookouts
  • view historic ruins at Blyth Homestead and Bamboo Creek
  • four-wheel driving.

Day 3 Litchfield to Kakadu National Park (159 kms – 2 hours)

Kakadu is by far the most popular place in the Top End. It is Australia’s largest national park covering 20,000 hectares with stunning landscapes and amazing Aboriginal rock art sites. There are many options for campsites and would depend on how far you drive in the national park.

Day 4 Kakadu National Park

Explore on foot, join a cruise or guided tour, spot crocs or birds and make a splash in one of the many waterfalls. Another option is to book a guided tour to Arnhem Land and visit the Injalak Art gallery. Please note a permit is required to access Arnhem Land. Call 08 8920 5100 or visit www.nlc.org.au. 

Day 5 Kakadu National Park – Nitmiluk National Park (Up to 300 kms/ 3.5 – 4 hrs, depending on where you are located in the park)

Nitmiluk National Park has 13 stunning gorges which can be explored by foot, canoe, boat or helicopter. The most popular ones are Edith Falls and Katherine Gorge. If you have time for a walk, Sweetwater Pool can be reached by a short 4.5 kilometre walk from Leliyn / Edith Falls. You can also take a scenic flight over the 13 gorges of the park or jump on a cruise. There are also plenty of art galleries in Katherine. The Park has two main points of visitor access. The Gorge entrance to the park is 30km east of Katherine on the sealed Gorge Road. Follow the signs. The turnoff to Leliyn (Edith Falls) is 40km north of Katherine along the Stuart Highway. The park entry is 20km further along Edith Falls Road. Powered and non-powered sites are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls). You can also stay at one of Katherine’s caravan parks.

Day 6 Nitmiluk National Park

Keep enjoying Katherine. Don’t forget to stop at the Katherine Hot Springs. Other activities available in Katherine include:

Day 7 Drive back to Darwin (317 kms/ 3.5 hrs)

On your way back to Darwin, stop in Pine Creek to visit this old gold rush mining town. There you can visit the historic railway heritage
museum and take in the stunning views from the lookout.

Sources: nt.gov.au, Northern Territory

 

Karijini National Park

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Visit Karijini National Park and its beautiful gorges

Karijini National Park is Western Australia’s second largest national park and one of the most popular national park to visit in the Pilbara. There are several walk trails, lookouts and gorges to explore.

Karijini national park map

Courtesy of Tom price Visitor Centre

Weano Gorge

It is probably the best gorge to start with when entering Karijini National Park. It is a relatively easy walk which leads you to the Handrail Pool where you can swim. You can continue beyond the pool, but be careful the walk will get harder!

Couple at Handrail Pool in Weano Gorge in Karijini National Park

Kalamina Gorge

It is the easiest gorge to access and the shallowest of the gorges who can visit at Karjini National Park. It’s a 5 minute walk which will take you down to a steep track to a small permanent pool with waterfalls.

Couple at Kalamina Gorge, located in Karijini National Park

Dales Gorge, Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool

Dales Gorge features three main attractions being Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool. All in all, it’s a fantastic place for swimming. You can walk a 3-hour return trail from Dales Gorge to Fern Pool and back. This walk trail caters for different fitness levels.

Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park

Joffre Gorge

At Joffre Gorge, you see water cascading down the cliff face before making its way to a dark pool. There is a lookout near the car park and a walk trail which will bring you to the bottom of the gorge.

Joffre Gorge, Karijini National Park

Knox Gorge

Knox Gorge is a deep chasm near the Knox Gorge lookout. It is best appreciated early morning or late afternoon when the sun rays enhance this beautiful landscape. There is a walk trail which can take you to pools where you can swim.

Hancock Gorge and Kermits Pool

Hancock Gorge is best appreciated with a local guide. After climbing down a ladder, you walk deep into the gorge, through narrow chambers and past beautiful rock pools. This trail, although short, is the most exciting trail in the park, leading you through a narrow canyon to a natural amphitheater and onward through the infamous Spider Walk to the green waters of Kermits Pool.

Hancock Gorge, in the Karijini National Park

Mt Bruce

It is Western Australia’s second highest mountain which gives you sweeping views across the surrounding Hamersley Range and Marandoo mining operations. Marandoo is an iron ore mine run by Rio Tinto. It opened in October 1994. The Hamersley Range is one of the world’s major iron ore sources and contains about 80 per cent of Australia’s identified iron ore reserves. The walk to the summit is a 4 hour return walk (9 kilometres).

Hamersley Gorge and Spa Pool

The further gorges from the other ones in Karijini National Park. It features a series of gorges and the famous Spa Spool.

Couple relaxing in a rock pool in Hamersley Gorge, located in the Karijini National Park

How to access the hidden gems of Karijini?

Karijini can be best explored when accompanied by a guide who is licensed to access the restricted areas of Karijini National Park.

Our Managing Director was lucky enough to do this tour with his family on a recent trip to Karijini. Andrew reported that “the informative and professional guides of West Oz Active Adventure Tours made experiencing the gorges of Karijini a highlight of our trip”.  You can access their website here.

Where to stay?

Karijini Eco Retreat or Dales Campground.

Where to get maps?

Maps are available at the Tom Price Visitor Centre.

Source: Tom Price Visitor Centre and Australia’s North West

Photo courstesy: Tourism Western Australia

 

Cape Leveque Road

Broome to Perth Itinerary

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Broome to Perth Itinerary including the Coral Coast and Karijini National Park

 

Traveling North will take you along the Coral Coast. The Coral Coast extends over 1100 kilometres of white beaches and offers the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, dolphins, humpback whales and manta rays. For the water sport lovers, there are countless opportunities including windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving and snorkeling. If you visit the Coral Coast in Spring, the coast is alive with colourful displays of wildflowers. If time allows, why not head to Karijini National Park, which is a day drive from Exmouth? Karijini is the jewel of the Pilbara with splendid waterfalls and emerald coloured rock pools. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your adventure with your Crikey Camper! Those are the top places that Crikey Campers recommends not to miss during your trip along the coast of Western Australia, whether it is a small trip or whether is it part of a bigger adventures for our customers who will return their 4WD package to Broome or Darwin!

Day 1: Broome – 80 Mile Beach (376 kms) – 4.5 hours

Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.

Must see & do:

  • Camel ride on Cable Beach
  • Matso’s mango beer brewery
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Pearl tour
  • Sunset

80 Mile Beach is the place where the majority of people stop to camp – it’s a beautiful beach that you can drive on (not past the high tide mark) and very popular for fishing.

Day 2: 80 Mile Beach – Millstream Chichester National Park (476 kms) – 6 hours

Millstream Chichester boasts tranquil gorges and hidden rock pools. The most popular site is Python Pool. It is one of the most important aboriginal sites in Australia! Stay at Mliyanha Campground.

Day 3: Millstream Chichester National Park – Karijini (207 kms) – 3.5 hours

One of the big attraction of Karijini National Park is its accessibility. Simply walk 50 metres and peer straight into a deep gorge to see waterfalls and rock pools below. There are many walk trails available to further explore the gorges. Karijini’s main highlights are Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool. Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat if you have a 4WD and Safari Camper package or stay at Dales Campsite if you have a 4WD and caravan package.

Day 4: Non travel day

Day 5: Non travel day

Day 6: Karijini NP – Exmouth/ Cape Range (674 kms) – 8.5 hours

The Ningaloo reef is a long coral reef swarms with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. No wonder that Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Place! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed! Cape Range National Park supports a range of unique wildlife habitats from existing ocean reef to ancient reef, rugged limestone, gorges and cave systems. Throughout the park, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife. You can camp within Cape Range National Park, or in one of the caravan parks in the area. Yardie Homestead Caravan Park also seems to offer good facilities.

Day  7: Non travel day

Day 8: Exmouth/ Cape Range – Coral Bay (152 kms) – 2 hours

In contrast to other locations, the coral reef starts right at the water’s edge. Coral Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Western Australians. It is recommended to book well in advance when traveling during school holidays. This place is a marine paradise where visitors have plenty of activities to choose from: snorkeling, fishing, swimming with whale sharks…You can even visit the reef shark nursery  between October and March, which is only a 20 minutes walk from Main Beach. Stay at the Coral Bay caravan park.

Day 9: Coral Bay – Monkey Mia (580 kms) – 7 hours

Monkey Mia is world-famous for its dolphins. A group of wild bottlenose dolphins come to the shore nearly everyday to be fed by humans.  South of Monkey Mia, you will find Denham and Francois Peron National Park.  This National Park offers diverse experiences, including four-wheel-driving. 50 minutes away from Monkey Mia, you will arrive at Shell Beach, where shells replace the beach sand and stretches over 100 kilometres! Stay at the RAC caravan park.

Day 10: Non travel day

Day 11: Monkey Mia – Kalbarri (397 kms) – 5 hours

Kalbarri is a popular stop over for people on their way to Shark Bay or Monkey Mia. There are many natural attractions to visit such as Natures Window and the Z-Bend Lookout located in Kalbarri National Park. You can also go whale watching as the humpback whale migration happens between May and August. Stay at the Kalbarri caravan park.

Day 12: Non travel day

Day 13: Kalbarri – Cervantes (378 kms) – 4.5 hours

Cervantes is well-known for its Pinnacles Desert. You can learn all about those strange structures at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.  Just a kilometre from the town centre lies Lake Thetis, where you can observe stromatolites, most commonly known as “living fossils”. Those have been dated to about 3370 years old! Further North of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you swim and watch the sunset. If you have a 4WD and Camper trailer package, you can choose to stay at Sandy Cape, otherwise stay at the RAC Cervantes caravan park if you have a 4WD and caravan package.

Day 14: Cervantes – Perth (247 kms) – 3 hours

On the way to Cervantes, stop at Yanchep National Park. This is a great place for the kids, offering a koala viewing area, caves and an aboriginal experience.

Total Kilometres:    3,487
Total Travel Hours:    44

Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic and fuel / food / bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.

 

Images: Courtesy of Western Australia

Cable Beach

Broome to Broome Itinerary

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Broome to Broome Itinerary:  Including the Gibb River Road  in  14 days

1    Broome – Cape Leveque   210 kms  2.5 hours

The Dampier Peninsula stretches about 200 kilometres north of Broome along the partly unsealed Cape Leveque Road. You can swim in the sparkling water, go snorkelling, fishing or relax and enjoy the beautiful landscapes. Experience the amazing force of the giant tides, standing waves and whirlpools of King Sound near Cygnet Bay. Stay at Kooljaman for the night.

2   Cape Leveque – Non travel day

Enjoy the pristine beaches and spectacular coastline.

3   Cape Leveque – Windjana Gorge   544 kms   7 hours

Windjana Gorge National Park is one of the Kimberley’s most stunning gorges!

4   Windjana – Bell Gorge/ Silent Grove  179 kms    2 hours

Explore and swim at the waterfalls including Bell Gorge along the lengths of the Gib River Road.  Silent Grove campsite is the best area to set up camp and to see Bell Gorge and Bells Falls, which are about 11km to the north-west of this campsite.

5   Bell Gorge/ Silent Grove-  Manning Gorge  122 kms    1.5 hours

Enjoy a bushwalk and experience the tranquility of Manning Falls. Manning Gorge is a great place to camp for one night.

6   Manning Gorge  – El Questro  344 kms    4.5 hours

On your way to El Questro, visit Barnett River Gorge and enjoy the hospitality of a pioneering family-owned cattle station and explore the magnificent waterholes on the property.  Look out for incredible aboriginal art on the rock walls surrounding the waterholes.

Spend a couple of days exploring the El Questro park. Visit the thermal pool at Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge or take a boat down the Chamberlain Gorge and fish for barramundi. Stay at El Questro’s campsite.

7    El Questro    Non- travel day

8    El Questro  – Kununurra  78 kms   2 hours

Visit Lake Argyle. It is the largest lake in Australia and home to abundant wildlife. Check in at one of the many campsites available in Kununurra such as Ivanhoe Village Resort.

9    Kununurra- Non-travel day

Enjoy the day in Mirima National Park

10  Kununurra – Purnululu NP   265 kms    3.5 hours

Bushwalking, plane or heli-tours, bus tours, station tours and more. From Bungle Bungle Caravan Park there is 70-80km of rough 4WD road to either Echidna Chasm or Cathedral Gorge. Plan ahead and allow yourself enough time to visit a few attractions. Suggested trips: Visitor centre, Cathedral Gorge and Picaninny Creek Walk – including Whipsnake Gorge and Picaninny Lookout. The park’s main feature, the Bungle Bungle Range, stands 300 metress above the spinifex covered plain and is dominated by the famous orange and black banded beehive-shaped dome. The park has limited accessible drinkable water. Good to know that our Safari Camprite trailers can hold 160 litres of drinkable water! Stay at the Bungle Bungles Caravan Park.

9    Purnululu NP     Non-travel day

10  Purnululu NP (Bungle Bungles) – Halls Creek 149 kms  3 hours

Have a look at the China Wall, just outside of town. It looks like the miniature of the Great Wall of China! 45 kms out of town, you will find Palm Springs, where you can have a swim. Other places to have a look at include Caroline Pool, Old Halls Creek and Sawpit Gorge.

11   Halls Creek – Wolfe Creek National Park  149 km  3 hours

The Wolfe Creek meteorite crater is the second largest crater in the world from which fragments of a meteorite have been collected. The crater is 880 metres across and almost circular. A camping area in the national park is free to visitors.

12  Wolfe Creek National Park – Fitzroy Crossing  428 kms  6 hours

It’s the gateway to Geikie Gorge and it is is one of only two “towns” along the over 1000 km stretch of highway between Broome and Kununurra. The Geikie Gorge National Park does not have camping facilities so he only option is to stay at one of the two caravan parks in town.

13   Geikie Gorge National Park – Non-travel day (or back to Broome 471 kms  6 hours)

There are several walk trails which can be explored or you can take a boat cruise to admire the gorge. Please note it is always recommended to purchase your tickets in advance. Depending on the time you are finished with Geikie Gorge National Park, you might wish to stay another night at Fitzroy Crossing or make your way back to Broome and stay in one of their caravan parks.

14   Broome

Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.

Must see & do:

  • Camel ride on Cable Beach
  • Matso’s mango beer brewery
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Pearl tour
  • Sunset
  • Crocodile farm

Total Kilometers: 2,790 kms
Total Travel Hours: 38 hours

Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works as well as fuel, toilet and snack stops.
Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book.

Images: Courtesy of Tourism Western Australia and Northern Territory

Bell Gorge

Broome to Darwin Itinerary

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Broome to Darwin Itinerary: Including the Gibb River Road  in  14 days

1    Broome – Windjana Gorge – 370 kms 5 hours

Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.

Must see & do:

  • Camel ride on Cable Beach
  • Matso’s mango beer brewery
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Pearl tour
  • Sunset

Head to Windjana Gorge National Park and take a trip out to explore Tunnel Creek. Stay at the Windjana Gorge Campground.

2     Windjana – Bell Gorge/ Silent Grove  179 kms    2 hours

Explore and swim at the waterfalls including Bell Gorge along the lengths of the Gib River Road.  Silent Grove campsite is the best area to set up camp and to see Bell Gorge and Bells Falls, which are about 11km to the north-west of this campsite.

3  Bell Gorge/ Silent Grove-  Manning Gorge  122 kms    1.5 hours

Enjoy a bushwalk and experience the tranquility of Manning Falls. Manning Gorge is a great place to camp for one night.

4  Manning Gorge  – El Questro  344 kms    4.5 hours

On your way to El Questro, visit Barnett River Gorge and enjoy the hospitality of a pioneering family-owned cattle station and explore the magnificent waterholes on the property.  Look out for incredible aboriginal art on the rock walls surrounding the waterholes.

Spend a couple of days exploring the El Questro park. Visit the thermal pool at Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge or take a boat down the Chamberlain Gorge and fish for barramundi. Stay at El Questro’s campsite.

5    El Questro    Non- travel day

6    El Questro  – Purnululu NP   265 kms    3.5 hours

Bushwalking, plane or heli-tours, bus tours, station tours and more. From Bungle Bungle Caravan Park there is 70-80km of rough 4WD road to either Echidna Chasm or Cathedral Gorge. Plan ahead and allow yourself enough time to visit a few attractions. Suggested trips: Visitor centre, Cathedral Gorge and Picaninny Creek Walk – including Whipsnake Gorge and Picaninny Lookout. The park’s main feature, the Bungle Bungle Range, stands 300 metress above the spinifex covered plain and is dominated by the famous orange and black banded beehive-shaped dome. The park has limited accessible drinkable water. Good to know that our Safari Camprite trailers can hold 160 litres of drinkable water! Stay at the Bungle Bungles Caravan Park.

7    Purnululu NP     Non-travel day

8    Purnululu NP (Bungle Bungles) – Kununurra    252 kms    3 hours

If time permits, make a quick stop a Lake Argyle. It is the largest lake in Australia and home to abundant wildlife. Check in at one of the many campsites available in Kununurra such as Ivanhoe Village Resort.

9    Kununurra  – Katherine Gorge  541 kms    7 hours

Nitmiluk National Park has 13 stunning gorges which can be explored by foot, canoe, boat or helicopter. The most popular ones are Edith Falls and Katherine Gorge. Powered and non-powered sites are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls). If you have time for a walk, Sweetwater Pool can be reached by a short 4.5 kilometre walk from Leliyn / Edith Falls.

10    Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk NP – Kakadu   328 kms    4 hours

Kakadu is by far the most popular place in the Top End. It is Australia’s largest national park covering 20,000 hectares with stunning landscapes and amazing Aboriginal rock art sites. There are many options for campsites and would depend on how far you drive in the national park.

11    Kakadu NP    Non-travel day

Explore on foot, join a cruise or guided tour, spot crocs or birds and make a splash in one of the many waterfalls.

12    Kakadu NP – Litchfield National Park    341 kms    4.5 hours

Litchfield National Park  is home to amazing waterfalls. It is a popular day tour destination but we would recommend staying overnight in order to explore as much as you can. It is possible to swim (even under the waterfalls!) and there are many beautiful walks starting from most popular sites. Camping is available year-round at Wangi and Florence Falls. Four-wheel drive camping areas are available at Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Surprise Creek Falls and Florence Falls.

13    Litchfield NP    Non-travel day

A summary of activities you could do during your time at Litchfield:

  • swimming
  • camping
  • bushwalking
  • wildlife spotting
  • visit scenic lookouts
  • view historic ruins at Blyth Homestead and Bamboo Creek
  • four-wheel driving.

14   Litchfield – Darwin   159 kms    2 hours

Drive back to Darwin. On the way stop at the Territory Wildlife Park to see wildlife up-close in their natural habitats. A fantastic stop for the children. Or you could visit Crocodylus Park in Berrimah, which  is the best place in Australia to come face to face with the largest reptiles. There is also a crocodile park located in the city, where you can also swim safely next to a 5m + Saltwater crocodile.

Total Kilometers: 2,901 kms
Total Travel Hours: 37 hours

Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works as well as fuel, toilet and snack stops.
Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book.

Images: Courtesy of Tourism Western Australia and Northern Territory

Litchfield National Park

Darwin to Darwin Itinerary

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Darwin to Darwin Itinerary including Litchfield National Park, Kakadu and Arnhem Land in 14 days

Day 1 Darwin – Windows on the Wetlands/ 63 kms + 47 kms/ 1.5 hours + 30 min

The top floor of the centre has 270 degree views of the wetlands below. You can experience a jumping crocodile cruise, a relaxing wildlife and wetland cruise or take an airboat ride. There are free nature walks available at the visitor centre every day, except Wednesdays and Sundays. You can also learn about the culture of Aboriginal people. Stay and camp at Mary River National Park. Mary River is popular for four-wheel driving, fishing, bushwalking and birdwatching. It’s a must-see park for any nature lover. You can camp at Couzen’s Lookout Camping Area and Shady Camp.

Day 2 Mary River National Park – Kakadu/41 kms/ 30 min

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Source Tourism Top End

Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia and offers various experiences. The park offers a great number of walks, 4WD tracks and waterfalls to explore. On the first day, you can visit the northern part of the park, while staying at Aurora Kakadu Resort.

Day 3  Kakadu – Arnhem Land/ 57 kms/ 1.5 hours

Book a guided tour to Arnhem Land and visit the Injalak Art gallery. You can also visit the community of Gunbalanya. Please note a permit is required to access Arnhem Land. Call 08 8920 5100 or visit www.nlc.org.au.

Day 4  Kakadu – Non-travel day

Kakadu has plenty to keep you busy, from a boat cruise to some crocodile spotting from the safe platforms of Cahills Crossing and Yellow Water or rock art sites.

Day 5  Kakadu – Nitmiluk National Park/ 126 kms/ 1.5 hours

A third day at Kakadu can be spent exploring the southern part of the park, which includes Gunlom Falls and Mary River Ranger Station. The Yellow Water Billabong can be explored by a cruise and a must-do experience when visiting Kakadu. Powered and non-powered sites in Nitmiluk are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls).

Day 6  Nitmiluk National Park/ Katherine – Non-travel day

Nitmiluk National Park has 13 stunning gorges which can be explored by foot, canoe, boat or helicopter. The most popular ones are Edith Falls and Katherine Gorge. If you have time for a walk, Sweetwater Pool can be reached by a short 4.5 kilometre walk from Leliyn / Edith Falls. You can also take a scenic flight over the 13 gorges of the park or jump on a cruise. There are also plenty of art galleries in Katherine.

Day 7 Nitmiluk National Park/ Katherine – Mainoru/ 250 kms/ 4 hours

Discover one of Australia’s last unspoiled areas! Please note you will require a permit. Call 08 8920 5100 or visit www.nlc.org.au.

The Mainoru Store is the only service facility on the 700 kilometre (approximately an 11 hour-drive) journey along the Central Arnhem Road between Katherine and Nhulunbuy. There are lodges and camping ground facility there as well as fuel. You can support the local communities by purchasing at those little convenient stores.

Day 8 Mainoru – Nhulunbuy/ 490 kms/ 7 hours

Stay at the Walkabout Lodge and Campgrounds. You can also make your way to Bremer Island via a leisurely 1 hour boat ride, or a 10 minute charter flight.

Day 9 Nhulunbuy – Discover the area

Take a short drive to Yirrkala Art Centre. Continue north to view the Roy Marika lookout and discover the Dhimurru area.

Day 10 Drive back to Katherine (stop at Mainoru)/ 490 kms/ 7 hours

A long day drive which can be cut in half by stopping at Mainoru for the night.

Day 11 Mainoru –  Katherine to Pine Creek/ Daly Region/ 250 kms/ 4 hours + 93 kms/ 1.5 hours

Pine Creek is an old gold rush mining town. There is a historic railway heritage museum and stunning views from the lookout. Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park offers the opportunity to swim with a natural hot springs, called Douglas Daly Hot Springs.

Day 12  Pine Creek/ Daly Region – Litchfield National Park/ 187 kms/ 2.5 hours

Before arriving to Litchfield National Park, you will pass through Batchelor, where you will find a butterfly farm and a museum.

Litchfield National Park is one of the most popular park and offers a refreshing stop before heading back to Darwin. There are many waterfalls and waterholes to explore as well as a few walking trails.

Day 13  Litchfield National Park – Non-travel day

Enjoy your last day in Litchfield National Park.

Day 14  Litchfield National Park – Darwin/ 139 kms/ 2 hours

On the way stop at the Territory Wildlife Park to see wildlife up-close in their natural habitats. A fantastic stop for the children. Or you could visit Crocodylus Park in Berrimah, which  is the best place in Australia to come face to face with the largest reptiles. There is also a crocodile park located in the city, where you can also swim safely next to a 5m + Saltwater crocodile.

Total Kilometers: Approx 1,743 kms
Total Travel Hours: Approx 28.5 hours

Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works as well as fuel, toilet and snack stops.
Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book.

Sources:

Tourism Top End

Kakadu National Park

NT Gov

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Perth to Darwin Itinerary

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Perth to Darwin Itinerary including the Gibb River Road  in  28 days

 

Day 1     Perth – Cervantes/ 247 kms/ 3 hours

The Pinnacles of Namburg National Park are the major attraction of Cervantes. Those amazing limestone structures can reach five metres and were formed between 25,000-30,000 years ago. Stay at the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park.

Day 2     Cervantes – Kalbarri/ 378 kms/ 4.5 hours

Kalbarri offers many natural attractions such as exceptional wildflowers in Spring and early summer. The top attractions to visit are: Nature’s Window, The Loop, Z-Bend, Hawks Head and Ross Graham Lookout. Kalbarri also offers many water sport activities such as canoeing. Stay at the Murchison Caravan Park with many sites having sweeping views across the Murchison River.

Day 3     Kalbarri – Monkey Mia/ 397 kms/ 5 hours

Monkey Mia is renowned for being one of the best places where to encounter dolphins. Stay at the RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort.

Day 4     Monkey Mia – Non-travel day

Spend the day relaxing and meet the friendly pod of dolphins.

Day 5      Monkey Mia – Coral Bay/ 581 kms/ 7.5 hours

Coral Bay is a spectacular paradise which draws visitors from around the world. From diving to whale watching or simply relaxing, Coral Bay has it all. You can even swim with sharks! This is also where sharks come to get cleaned by fish! A commercial tour is the best way for people to observe this natural phenomenon while also enjoying the other marine life that inhabits the area. You can also book a tour to swim with Mantra Rays! Stay at the Bayview Caravan Park.

Day 6      Coral Bay – Exmouth/ Cape Range National Park/ 152 kms/ 2 hours

Exmouth is very popular for its diving, surfing and snorkeling. You can get up close to the local whale sharks in the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Marine Park which is one of the only places in the world where whale sharks appear regularly near the shore, where visitors can see them. Stay at the RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Resort.

Day 7      Exmouth/ Cape Range National Park – Non-travel day

The Cape Range National Park is just 40 kilometres from Exmouth and offers a variety of attractions ranging from bushwalking to birdwatching. Explore Yardie Creek, a spectacular gorge, Shothole Canyon and Charles Knife Canyon.

Day 8      Exmouth/ Cape Range National Park – Karijini National Park/ 674 kms/ 8.5 hours

Stay at the Eco Retreat Campsite or Dales Gorge Campground.

Day 9      Karijini National Park – Non-travel day

Karijini highlights include Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool in Dales Gorge. The junction of four mighty gorges – Red, Weano, Joffe and Hancock Gorges can be viewed from Oxers Lookout.

Day 10    Karijini – 80 Mile Beach/ 581 kms/ 7.5 hours

This beach is famous for its amazing sunsets, shell collecting and fishing. Stay at 80-Mile Beach Caravan Park. It is the longest stretch of beach in WA.

Day 11     80 Mile Beach – Broome/ 376 kms/ 4.5 hours

Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.

Must see & do:

  • Camel ride on Cable Beach
  • Matso’s mango beer brewery
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Pearl tour
  • Sunset

Day 12     Broome – Non-travel day

Day 13     Broome – Cape Leveque/ 210 kms/ 2.5 hours

The Dampier Peninsula stretches about 200 kilometres north of Broome along the partly unsealed Cape Leveque Road. You can swim in the sparkling water, go snorkelling, fishing or relax and enjoy the beautiful landscapes. Experience the amazing force of the giant tides, standing waves and whirlpools of King Sound near Cygnet Bay. Stay at Kooljaman for the night.

Day 14     Cape Leveque – Non-travel day

Enjoy the pristine beaches and spectacular coastline.

Day 15      Cape Leveque – Windjana Gorge/ 544 kms/ 7 hours

Windjana Gorge National Park is one of the Kimberley’s most stunning gorges!

Day 16      Windjana Gorge – Bell Gorge/ Silent Grove/ 179 kms/ 2 hours

Enjoy a bushwalk and experience the tranquility of Manning Falls. Silent Grove’s campsite is the best place where to set up camp and to see Bell Gorge and Bells Falls.

Day 17       Bell Gorge/ Silent Grove – Manning Gorge/ 122 kms/ 1.5 hours

Enjoy a bushwalk and experience the tranquility of Manning Falls. Manning Gorge is a great place to camp for one night.

Day 18      Manning Gorge – El Questro/ 344 kms/ 4.5 hours

Visit Barnett River Gorge en route and enjoy the hospitality of a pioneering family-owned cattle station and explore the magnificent waterholes on the property. Look out for incredible aboriginal art on the rock walls surrounding the waterholes. Stay at El Questro’s campsite.

Day 19       El Questro – Non- travel day

Spend a couple of days exploring the park. Visit the thermal pool at Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge or take a boat down the Chamberlain Gorge and fish for barramundi.

Day 20      El Questro – Purnululu National Park/ 265 kms/ 3.5 hours

Stay at the Bungle Bungles Caravan Park.

Day 21       Purnululu National Park – Non – travel day

Bushwalking, plane or heli-tours, bus tours, station tours and more. From Bungle Bungle Caravan Park there is 70-80km of rough 4WD road to either Echidna Chasm or Cathedral Gorge. Plan ahead and allow yourself enough time to visit a few attractions. Suggested trips: Visitor centre, Cathedral Gorge and Picaninny Creek Walk – including Whipsnake Gorge and Picaninny Lookout. The park’s main feature, the Bungle Bungle Range, stands 300 metress above the spinifex covered plain and is dominated by the famous orange and black banded beehive-shaped dome. The park has limited accessible drinkable water. Good to know that our Safari Camprite trailers can hold 160 litres of drinkable water!

Day 22      Purnululu National Park – Kununurra/ 252 kms/ 3 hours

Visit Lake Argyle. It is the largest lake in Australia and home to abundant wildlife.  Check in at one of the many campsites available in Kununurra such as Ivanhoe Village Resort.

Day 23      Kununurra – Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk NP/ 541 kms/ 7 hours

Nitmiluk National Park has 13 stunning gorges which can be explored by foot, canoe, boat or helicopter. The most popular ones are Edith Falls and Katherine Gorge. Powered and non-powered sites are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls). If you have time for a walk, Sweetwater Pool can be reached by a short 4.5 kilometre walk from Leliyn / Edith Falls.

Day 24      Nitmiluk NP – Kakadu / 328 kms/ 4 hours

Kakadu is by far the most popular place in the Top End. It is Australia’s largest national park covering 20,000 hectares with stunning landscapes and amazing Aboriginal rock art sites. There are many options for campsites and it would depend on how far you drive in the national park.

Day 25     Kakadu – Non – travel day

Explore on foot, join a cruise or guided tour, spot crocs or birds and make a splash in one of the many waterfalls.

Day 26     Kakadu – Litchfield National Park/ 341 kms/ 4.5 hours

Head to Litchfield National Park which is home to amazing waterfalls. It is a popular day tour destination but we would recommend staying overnight in order to explore as much as you can.

Day 27     Litchfield National Park – Non – travel day

It is possible to swim (even under the waterfalls!) and there are many beautiful walks starting from most popular sites. Camping is available year-round at Wangi and Florence Falls. Four-wheel drive camping areas are available at Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Surprise Creek Falls and Florence Falls.

A summary of activities you could do during your time at Litchfield:

  • swimming
  • camping
  • bushwalking
  • wildlife spotting
  • visit scenic lookouts
  • view historic ruins at Blyth Homestead and Bamboo Creek
  • four-wheel driving.

Day 28    Litchfield National Park – Darwin/ 159 kms/ 2 hours

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory. A few must-do include the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, aboriginal art galleries and Crocosaurus Cove. Located in the heart of the city, it allows you to get up close to crocodiles.

Total Kilometers: 6,671 kms
Total Travel Hours: 84 hours

Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works as well as fuel, toilet and snack stops.
Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book.

Images: Courtesy of Tourism Western Australia and Northern Territory

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Darwin to Broome Itinerary

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Darwin to Broome Itinerary

Including the Gibb River Road  in  14 days

 

1    Darwin – Litchfield     159 kms    2 hours

After visiting Darwin, head to Litchfield National Park which is home to amazing waterfalls. It is a popular day tour destination but we would recommend staying overnight in order to explore as much as you can. It is possible to swim (even under the waterfalls!) and there are many beautiful walks starting from most popular sites. Camping is available year-round at Wangi and Florence Falls. Four-wheel drive camping areas are available at Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Surprise Creek Falls and Florence Falls.

2    Litchfield NP    Non-travel day

A summary of activities you could do during your time at Litchfield:

  • swimming
  • camping
  • bushwalking
  • wildlife spotting
  • visit scenic lookouts
  • view historic ruins at Blyth Homestead and Bamboo Creek
  • four-wheel driving.

3    Litchfield NP – Kakadu NP    341 kms    4.5 hours

Kakadu is by far the most popular place in the Top End. It is Australia’s largest national park covering 20,000 hectares with stunning landscapes and amazing Aboriginal rock art sites. There are many options for campsites and would depend on how far you drive in the national park.

4    Kakadu NP    Non-travel day

Explore on foot, join a cruise or guided tour, spot crocs or birds and make a splash in one of the many waterfalls.

5    Kakadu NP – Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk NP     328 kms    4 hours

Nitmiluk National Park has 13 stunning gorges which can be explored by foot, canoe, boat or helicopter. The most popular ones are Edith Falls and Katherine Gorge. Powered and non-powered sites are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls). If you have time for a walk, Sweetwater Pool can be reached by a short 4.5 kilometre walk from Leliyn / Edith Falls.

6    Katherine Gorge – Kununurra    541 kms    7 hours

After a long day of driving, check in at one of the many campsites available in Kununurra such as Ivanhoe Village Resort.

7    Kununurra – Purnululu NP (Bungle Bungles)    252 kms    3 hours

If time permits, make a quick stope a Lake Argyle. It is the largest lake in Australia and home to abundant wildlife. Stay at the Bungle Bungles Caravan Park.

8    Purnululu NP     Non-travel day

Bushwalking, plane or heli-tours, bus tours, station tours and more. From Bungle Bungle Caravan Park there is 70-80km of rough 4WD road to either Echidna Chasm or Cathedral Gorge. Plan ahead and allow yourself enough time to visit a few attractions. Suggested trips: Visitor centre, Cathedral Gorge and Picaninny Creek Walk – including Whipsnake Gorge and Picaninny Lookout. The park’s main feature, the Bungle Bungle Range, stands 300 metress above the spinifex covered plain and is dominated by the famous orange and black banded beehive-shaped dome. The park has limited accessible drinkable water. Good to know that our Safari Camprite trailers can hold 160 litres of drinkable water!

9    Purnululu NP – El Questro     265 kms    3.5 hours

Spend a couple of days exploring the park. Visit the thermal pool at Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge or take a boat down the Chamberlain Gorge and fish for barramundi. Stay at El Questro’s campsite.

10    El Questro    Non- travel day

11    El Questro – Manning Gorge    344 kms    4.5 hours

Visit Barnett River Gorge en route and enjoy the hospitality of a pioneering family-owned cattle station and explore the magnificient waterfholes on the property.  Look out for incredible aboriginal art on the rock walls surroungding the waterholes.

Manning Gorge is a great place to camp for one night.

12    Manning Gorge – Silent Grove / Bell Gorge    122 kms    1.5 hours

Enjoy a bushwalk and experience the tranquility of Manning Falls. Silent Grove campsite is the best place where to set up camp and to see Bell Gorge and Bells Falls.

13    Silent Grove / Bell Gorge – Windjana    179 kms    2 hours

Explore and swim at the waterfalls including Bell Gorge along the lengths of the Gib River Road. Then head to Windjana Gorge National Park and take a trip out to explore Tunnel Creek. Stay at the Windjana Gorge Campground.

14    Windjana Gorge – Broome 370 kms 5 hours

Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.

Must see & do:

  • Camel ride on Cable Beach
  • Matso’s mango beer brewery
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Pearl tour
  • Sunset

Total Kilometers: 2,901 kms
Total Travel Hours: 37 hours

Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works as well as fuel, toilet and snack stops.
Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book.

Images: Courtesy of Western Australia and Northern Territory

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